Reflective practice, which is highly regarded in education and other professional fields, centers on describing, analyzing, and evaluating our thoughts, assumptions, beliefs, theory base, and actions. It is thinking about a learning task after you have done it, considering how it applies to the content, and contextualizing it in reality. For educators, the benefits of reflective practice are improvement of teaching practice, learning and greater effectiveness as a teacher, and improved problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
This article discusses the similar benefits that high school students can receive from participating in reflective practice. Through reflective journals, writing pieces, and portfolios, students can improve their understandings of concepts, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and build connections to the content.
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